Internationally, psilocybin is a Schedule I drug under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Parties to the treaty are required to restrict use of the drug to medical and scientific purposes.
In Japan, it was legal to possess and sell psilocybin mushrooms until June 2002. Possession was made illegal in 2002, possibly in preparation for the World Cup and in response to a widely reported case of mushroom poisoning.
In Denmark, sale, possession and consumption of psilocybine/psilocine mushrooms were legal up until 2002, where the governmental purge of what they called "designer drugs" outlawed them along with a number of other hallucinogens and empathogens.
In the United States, psilocybin and psilocybe mushrooms are regulated under DEA Schedule 1 , making them illegal to possess under federal law. (Researchers and their subjects are granted exemptions by the DEA.) Under state law, it is illegal to possess psilocybin and psilocybin mushrooms in all states except New Mexico. New Mexico appeals court ruled on June 16, 2005, that growing psilocybin mushrooms for personal consumption could not be considered "manufacturing a controlled substance" under state law. [Growing hallucinogenic mushrooms not illegal, state appeals court rules] Psilocybin mushroom spores are legal to sell and possess in every state except California, Idaho, and Georgia.
In the United Kingdom, possession of unprocessed mushrooms is illegal. As a result of new laws unveiled on January 18, 2005, psilocybin-containing mushrooms are now classified as a Class A substance under UK law.
In the Netherlands , possession of unprocessed mushrooms is legal. However, when prepared, the product (dried mushrooms, tea or powder) may be construed as illegal. Because of this there are a lot of drug shops selling fresh mushrooms in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam.
In Norway, possession of the indigenous Liberty cap (Psilocybe semilanceata) has been illegal since 1977. In 2004, all mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin, and specifically Psilocybe cubensis, were outlawed.
In the British Virgin Islands, where the mushrooms grow naturally, it is legal to possess and consume psilocybin mushrooms, however their sale is illegal........Taken from #15 "TEO" Feb 2005, not yet published. slp/fmrc
Edited by TastyBeverage, 05 August 2009 - 04:03 AM.